Susan Jane Walp: Interview

Susan Jane Welp, Melon with Two Xeroxes, Cork and Knife, 1999, oil on linen, 9 x
Susan Jane Welp, Melon with Two Xeroxes, Cork and Knife, 1999, oil on linen, 9 x 9.5 inches (courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Susan Jane Walp, whose work is on view at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, through October 17, 2015.

Walp comments: "You could say I am obsessed with measuring. Once the image is there, I want to get as close as possible to the feeling that I have about the motif. At first, I don’t measure at all. The beginnings are very free and spontaneous, and often I will get very accurate measurements intuitively. But nevertheless, for the coming weeks, I measure and re-measure, and draw and redraw. I am not only measuring the forms; I am also measuring the tones, and trying to bring them into a harmony. One might think it is cold and mathematical, but for me it is a very sensual experience. The big underlying mystery that carries me forward still is how we have this three dimensional experience with the world, and how we put that onto the flat plane of the painting. I have a picture in my mind of how I want that to look in my paintings, and I hardly ever have gotten there. But I still hope that someday I will make a painting that will satisfy me in terms of finding that relationship."